Trevor Ruszkowski - USA Today Sports
Trevor Ruszkowski - USA Today Sports

Bears impressed by work first-rounder Darnell Wright: "He busted his butt"


by - Senior Editor -

The first-round draft pick of any NFL team is crucial for success as that is usually one of your most talented players on the squad.

Sometimes there are flops, though, but it appears that the Bears might have made a solid pick in rookie offensive tackle Darnell Wright.

Bears general manager Ryan Poles has been impressed by Wright in the early going.

“This offseason he busted his butt,” Poles said to the media Tuesday. “He’s down, he lost weight, he lost body fat. He absolutely crushed the conditioning test. Like didn’t break a sweat. So he’s focused, he cares, he wants to be really good.”

Now it's time to see him perform in training camp.

“Like in terms of those hard days, tough opponents that you want to make sure you’re locked in and loaded for that,” Poles said. “Then obviously knowing your assignments and playing fast. Usually it starts a little slow in terms of executing at a high speed. As you get more comfortable you can play faster.”

Poles believes that Wright has the right mentality to fight all game long.

“What I do know about him is how he plays," Poles said. "He can be a prick, he’s gonna finish, and he’s gonna fight. If he gets beat, he’s coming back the next play.”

A ton of work still has to be done but the Bears might have their right tackle set for the a long time if Wright continues to work hard because he has the talent already.

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